Iris Lobaš Kukavičić – Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going to?

March 22 – March 26, 2022

Iris Lobaš Kukavičić was born on June 19, 1976, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In 2001 she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, educational department, class of sculptor Miro Vuco.  In 2008 she took a master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts of Mostar University, the Ars sacra course, class of painter Ante Kajnić.  In 2016 she received a doctorate on the basis of a dissertation on “The sacred painting of Ivo Dulčić”, supervised by Professor Ante Kajnić, also at the Academy of Fine Arts of Mostar University. Since 2002 she has had over twenty solo exhibitions and also taken part in many collective shows in Croatia and abroad.  She is employed in Dubrovnik University, where she is an assistant professor in the department for art and restoration.

She has exhibited several public sculptures in the country and abroad (Dancer, Lake Jarun (Aquarius Club), Zagreb, 2001, Sculpture Group, Hartmann-Bilokalnik factory environment, Koprivnica, 2002, Seated figure, Hartmann administration building, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014, Game and Games, International Terminal C, Dubrovnik Airport, 2017). She has held twenty solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions.

Ambient multimedia installation entitled “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? ” it is a kind of reflection and encouragement of mass collective consciousness and re-examination of one’s own identity in the current time. The work consists of 12 stylized figures made of wood that are animated and the video work is set in correlation with the original music of Srdjan Berdovic Yamato uta / Song of Japan, performed by Japanese percussionists, Fujii trio. The video work of 9.40 minutes according to the initial beats of the music and the characters that sporadically appear in the frame indicates a time of confinement and solitude. However, as the tempo of the music becomes more intense, the animated characters multiply, turn into an “anthill” and through the movement allude to the utter madness and uncertainty of the time in which we find ourselves. The installation does not offer answers, but seeks to encourage the observer to introspect and seek answers within his own being.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog with a foreword, a biography of the artist, a list of solo and group exhibitions, bibliographic data and photographs of the process of placing the work in front of the Art Pavilion and photographs of the final work.

You can download the exhibition catalog by clicking on the cover:

Photo: Mario Krištofić

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